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Say Cheese – How to Love Your Smile

When you first meet someone, what’s the first thing you notice? For most people, it’s someone’s smile. Because of that, a nice smile can make a good first impression in both professional and social settings.

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, one-third of Americans are unhappy with their smiles. This can lead to people smiling with their mouths closed, or not smiling at all. So what can you do to change how you feel about your smile?

Keep reading for a guide on how to love your smile and make sure it looks as good as it can.

Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Brushing your teeth is the key to improving the appearance of your smile. Most people brush their teeth, but most people don’t do so in the correct way.

Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, when you wake up and before you go to bed. In the morning, do it before you eat breakfast, otherwise, you’ll be helping the bacteria in your mouth grow.

You also need to make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes each time. Make a point to pay attention to the different quadrants in your mouth so as not to miss any areas.

Use the Right Toothbrush

If you do brush your teeth often but still have teeth that appear dull or discovered, the toothbrush that you’re using may be the problem.

If you’re using a manual toothbrush, ensure that the bristles are firm and that the brush isn’t too old. When the bristles start to fan out, it’s a sign that you need to get a new one.

Most dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush. This will provide your teeth with a dentist-level cleaning and ensure that all particles and bacteria are out of your mouth.

Remember to Floss

Flossing is something that most people know is important but don’t get around to doing. Yet finding time to do it once a day can help your teeth shine bright, as well as reduce the risk of you developing gum disease.

Most dentists recommend flossing at night, before you brush your teeth. This helps to loosen up any particles that you can then get out of your mouth with a toothbrush, letting you go to bed with squeaky clean teeth.

Flossing may seem tedious at first, but once you figure out how to do it efficiently, it’ll become much less of a chore to do. Then, make it a part of your nightly routine, and you’ll see results in no time.

Avoid Harmful Foods and Drinks

You can do everything right when it comes to taking care of your teeth in the morning and at night, but you can get rid of that progress during the day if you aren’t careful. The foods and drinks you consume play an enormous role in you the health and appearance of your teeth

It’s no secret that sweets such as cakes, candy, and chocolate can cause your teeth to decay. Try to avoid eating them as much as possible to keep everything looking its best.

Coffee may be delicious and give you your caffeine fix, but it also stains your teeth. The same goes for red wine. Quit them if possible, but if you can’t (we understand), try to limit your intake as much as possible.

Go to the Dentist

When’s the last time you’ve made a trip to see your dentist? If you can’t remember, it’s time to schedule an appointment as soon as you finish reading this article.

Most experts recommend going to see the dentist every six months. Dentists give your teeth a deep cleaning, and also check for signs of any issues in your mouth. Often, these can go unnoticed by you and can develop into lasting conditions.

It might seem like a hassle, but scheduling an appointment with a dentist will get your teeth back on the right track. You’ll leave the office feeling happier with a brighter smile.

Straighten Your Teeth With Braces

For some people, the problem isn’t the color of their teeth, it’s the shape of them. In that case, regardless of your age, consider visiting an orthodontist and getting braces.

Braces aren’t only something for kids and teenagers, either. If you’re concerned about braces impacting your professional life, consider getting Invisalign. Check out this guide to learn more about braces vs Invisalign.

Having braces seem like a hassle, but consider them to be an investment. A few months of discomfort are worth it for the shining smile that gives you confidence later on.

Consider Getting Veneers

Are your dental issues more complicated? Do you have a lot of worn down, chipped, or discolored teeth? If you do, you might want to consider getting veneers.

Made of porcelain, veneers are small caps that cover the front of your teeth. They’re custom-fit, and won’t become loose or move around. Think of them as a permanent new smile.

Many celebrities have veneers, and it’s the reason why they have such nice smiles. With veneers, you too can have a Hollywood-level smile that brings you confidence and joy.

Learn to Love Your Smile With These Tips

Whether you’re self-conscious about the color of your teeth or their shape, it can be hard to love your smile. However, by following these tips, you’ll be able to transform your smile and the way you feel about it. Remember that it’s only a part of you, and doesn’t define who you are.

Are you ready to start appreciating your beautiful smile? If you found this article to be helpful, remember to take a look at some of our other blog posts for more guides and

Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Dental Health Article for 360 MAGAZINE

At-Home Dentistry: Dos & Don’ts

By Justin Lyons

What are some of the craziest things you’ve done with your teeth at home? Have you tied one end of a string to your loose tooth and the other end of a string to your front door, then slammed it to pull the tooth out? Have you used pliers to pull a tooth? How about bleaching your teeth?

With viral TikTok and YouTube videos popularizing these practices, healthcare professionals are reasonably and rightfully concerned.

Dentist and author of Age With Style: Your Guide To A Youthful Smile & Healthy Living Dr. Nammy Patel wonders why anyone would perform self-surgery and risk trauma.

“Even before the pandemic, some people were resorting to DIY measures while trying to be cost-effective, but many of these actions bring significant risk to the teeth and gums,” Patel said. “People aren’t realizing that while it may be interesting and cheaper to try these dental actions on their own, it’s going to cost you more money, time, and pain before the mistakes are corrected by a professional.”

She specifically cites three at-home procedures people have taken up after losing insurance or while staying home. You should NOT be trying these three things at home:

1. Pulling a tooth: Dr. Patel says to never do this yourself. It can cause cavitation and infections in the bone that used to hold the tooth. Dental tools are designed to clean the area and remove the tooth, and trying to pull your tooth at home can lead to a snapped root, infection and surgical procedure. Just don’t do it because it might lead you to the dentist’s office anyways.

2. Bleaching: Dr. Patel says bleaching can lead to gum damage, burning in the gums, gum recession, tooth loss, enamel damage and tooth sensitivity.

“Some of the people you see doing this on social media are using hydrogen peroxide purchased online that has many times the amount allowed in regulated online teeth-whitening products,” Patel said.

3. Filing: First of all, ouch. Second of all, Dr. Patel says you can remove too much of your tooth if you try to smooth rough edges or adjust shape. It can change the way you bite and even cause jaw problems, specifically TMJ disorders.

There is dental care you can provide for yourself at home. In fact, Dr. Patel encourages three things. You SHOULD be doing these things at home:

1. Make your own toothpaste: Dentists provide suggested lists of ingredients as well as lists of toxic ingredients.

“By making toothpaste yourself you can create a better product, one without dangerous chemicals, and it’s cost-effective, too,” Dr. Patel said, adding that her toothpaste contains coconut oil and other natural oils and spices like cinnamon and peppermint.

2. Make your own mouthwash: Over-the-counter mouthwash typically contains alcohol, which is bad for the gums and can dry the mouth. Dr. Patel’s mouthwash is composed of peppermint oil, On Guard, distilled water and salt.

3. Power up your daily oral care: Dr. Patel suggests a water flosser, as it reaches cracks and crevices that typical floss does not.

“It’s easier to use than floss and provides a deeper clean with a pressurized stream of water, which pulsates to blast away food particles and built-up plaque,” Patel said.

She also suggested using a sonic toothbrush over an electric toothbrush to eliminate more bacteria.

It’s important to be careful and knowledgeable when it comes to arm-chair dentistry. If you try to avoid a seat in the dentist’s chair, you might not have a choice if you cause damage irreparable without surgery.

To learn more about Dr. Nammy Patel, you can click right here.

Kaelen Felix Illustrates a Dental Health Article for 360 MAGAZINE

COVID Stress x Teeth

By Justin Lyons

Coronavirus obviously affects all-around health, but it’s also taking a toll on mental health.

With a pandemic, a recession, social injustice and a majorly impactful presidential election coming in just over a month, who isn’t stressed and tense?

Dr. Cathy Hung says headaches, jaw pain or severe discomfort near the ears can all be connected to TMJ disorders. These symptoms can be brought upon by stress and tension at a time during which either of those would be easily forgiven, if not already expected.

TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is the joint connecting the jaw to the skull. There is one on each side of the head, and they’re used extensively for everything we open our jaws for. They’re incredibly important, but that importance can make them severe sources of pain when something goes wrong.

Hung, oral surgeon and author of Pulling Wisdom: Filling Gaps of Cross-Cultural Communication for Healthcare Providers, said there are many causes of TMJ disorders, but stress is one of the biggest.

“I have seen patients with TMJ due to stress from the pandemic. When people are tense, they often clench or grind their teeth, tightening their jaw muscles and putting stress on the TM joints. Sometimes severe clenching also can lead to a cracked tooth or cracked dental crown,” Hung said.

She also offers some tips for those with TMJ disorder-causing habits.

Teeth grinding: Known as bruxism, this can be grinding, gnashing or clenching of teeth. Hung said these can all happen unconsciously while awake or even while asleep. Grinding can lead to TMJ, headaches and damage to teeth, and the best treatments are stress relievers or doctor-prescribed relaxants. Dentists and oral surgeons can also fit teeth grinders for a protective mouthpiece to wear while sleeping.

Tension headaches: Hung said tension headaches feel like a band wrapped around the temples. These can come from clenching, but they can also be associated with pain in the jaw. Hung says over-the-counter medication can help, but it isn’t fail-proof. If they don’t work, you should schedule a visit with a medical professional.

Other TMJ symptoms: Hung says there are a few ways to tell if a person is suffering from a TMJ disorder.

“You may have a misaligned bite, or pain and a clicking or grating noise when you open your mouth,” Hung said. “Or, you may have trouble opening your mouth wide.”

Again, stress relief and mouth guards can help in these scenarios. Physical therapy can also help. Hung says surgery can be needed in the most severe cases.

It’s a stressful time in the world, but Hung offers some hope to those who have acquired TMJ disorders through stress.

“Certainly, treatment can take time to be effective,” Hung said. “But you’ll be glad to know that problems associated with TMJ disorder are more easily diagnosed and treated than they were in the past.”

For more information or to contact Dr. Cathy Hung, you can click right here.

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Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. Engages Local Economy

With the dental industry accounting for roughly two million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the national economy annually, Doug Disraeli D.D.S. has proudly kept all seven staff members as part of the team throughout 2020, without interruption, while also complying with all new local, county, state, and federal guidelines.

As part of the Hillcrest, San Diego community for over 35 years, “Dr. D.,” as his patients affectionately call him, is among the practicing dentists estimated by the Journal of American Dental Association to positively impact his local economy.

Says Disraeli, “Our community is everything. I am deeply committed to San Diego where I’ve lived my whole life. I know that our community engagement is even more important now and I’m honored to be a small business that supports our local economy and community members.”

Since 2020 began, in addition to employing seven local team members, the office of Doug Disraeli D.D.S. regularly supports and collaborates with local businesses and contributed to four local Hillcrest, San Diego nonprofits related to LGBTQIA+, homelessness, COVID response and veterans.

ABOUT DR. DOUG DISRAELI: Dr. Disraeli is a general and cosmetic dentist with a degree from the University of Southern California, one of the top dental schools in the world. In practice for over 35 years, he participates throughout the United States in continuing education dentistry courses and is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the San Diego County Dental Society, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Pacific Academy of Aesthetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. Since 2008 and every year since, Dr. Disraeli has been awarded, “Top San Diego Dentist”, as voted by other dental professionals in San Diego County.

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ABOUT DOUG DISRAELI, D.D.S. DENTAL PRACTICE: Offering cosmetic dentistry, implant, restorative and general dentistry throughout San Diego, Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is committed to providing its patients with comfortable, efficient and comprehensive dental care. Procedures offered include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, cosmetic fillings, removable partial dentures, extractions, periodontics. Doug Disraeli, D.D.S. is located in the Uptown San Diego, Hillcrest community at 3645 Fourth Avenue.

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5 Most Recommend Ways to Brighten Your Smile

Whiten with chemicals? There are any number of at-home teeth whitening systems. These often involve very strong chemicals and adverse side effects like increased sensitivity in the teeth and inflammation in the gums. Unfortunately, the same side effects can be caused by professional whitening treatments your dentist might use. 

The five best ways to get your teeth as white and bright as they can be, without the use of harsh chemicals, starts with simple, consistent dental hygiene.

1) This is the boring stuff

Brush your teeth gently and thoroughly for at least five minutes twice a day, floss once a day, and see your dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning. The dentist’s cleaning will remove the tartar and buildup that can become discoloration and staining over time. Your dentist can also advise you about any other whitening methods you might want to try.

2) Start your mornings off right!

Drink hot tea made from ginger and lemon. Ginger helps kill bacteria in the mouth, and the acidity of the lemon will begin to break down stains, especially if used daily over time.

3) Whiten with COCO Lab!

Fortunately, for those who want the best at-home teeth whitening, with none of the sensitivity, Coco Lab has developed a unique line of products. The active ingredients include activated charcoal made from coconuts, with fair and responsible coconut cultivation practices in the supply chain.

Coco Lab teeth whitening products also use soothing aloe vera for happy gums, and grapefruit oil to strengthen the tooth enamel. Peppermint kills bacteria and keeps breath fresh as you whiten. These are not just teeth whitening products, they are a step up for all of your dental health and hygiene needs. The whitening kits come with a six-day supply of whitening gel, and a gel-activated, battery powered LED light mouth tray that ensures it only takes 10 minutes a day to achieve your brightest smile.

4) Snack healthy!

Crunchy, raw fruits and veggies like celery, radishes, carrots, strawberries, and apples are best eaten whole. They are more nutritious in their whole form, and the action of biting and chewing these foods takes advantage of their texture and enzymes to polish and strengthen teeth. Keeping a healthy lifestyle this season is also very important to prevent coronavirus.

5) Rinse!

Most people are not going to be giving up coffee or red wine. If you love these, or other dark colored, staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or mouthwash after you finish. You’ll get extra whitening power if your mouthwash contains hydrogen peroxide. You can even use plain hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash.

Finally, if you’re looking for deeper stain removal and more dramatic whitening, first check with your dentist about the overall health of your teeth. Most teeth whitening products are best for healthy teeth with healthy gums and no fillings. If you have had dental restoration work with tooth-colored fillings or crowns, you also might not get the safest or best results from commercial teeth whitening. 

Coco Lab offers powerful, natural teeth whitening in only 10 minutes a day, without causing sensitivity. It’s a step up for your daily dental health routine!

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE, smile, dentistry

Things to Expect During the Teeth Whitening Procedure

Understanding teeth whitening procedure

Teeth whitening procedure is the process of whitening your teeth to get rid of their pale-brown discoloration. Professional teeth whitening is an effective and safe procedure done by an expert in that field. Teeth whitening is the dental procedure done to make your teeth appear naturally whitened, to save you from the embarrassment occurring due to stained and uncleaned teeth. Now, remember that although there are now many at-home options for whitening your teeth, having the procedure done by a cosmetic dentist in Calgary will always be far more effective than using home products to whiten your teeth. 

Finding the right dental professional for whitening treatment can be exhausting. In the lack of information about the procedure, unnecessary doubts and fear are also originated. You must always look for a professional and experienced dentist, with a competent team that works together for this procedure like the one present at Artis Dental. The more efficient your dentist, the less side effect you will suffer due to incompetency, after the completion of the procedure. There are multiple benefits of the teeth whitening procedure some of them includes:

• White and bright teeth
• Looking youthful
• Improving self-confidence
• Encouraging people to smile more
• Better career opportunities
• Makes you feel more attractive
• No more shaming and embarrassment

Before you decide to whiten your teeth, get complete information about the procedure so that you can relax during the procedure.

Types of teeth whitening procedure
There are three common types of teeth whitening procedures

  1. Teeth Whitening Toothpaste: The toothpaste is filled with mild abrasives so that your teeth can be cleaned. These toothpastes use a polishing agent specifically designed to clean and whiten your teeth. Therefore, it is necessary to brush your teeth at least twice a day to maintain hygiene. However, these toothpaste aims to reduce and remove the stains from your teeth to make them appear whitened. These kinds of toothpaste take a considerable time to show their effect to clean the stains from your natural teeth. Even then the effect can only be observed if you choose to get rid of bad habits, such as smoking, excessive coffee intake, Tobacco intake, etc.
  2. Teeth Whitening Gels and Strips: Teeth whitening products include peroxide-based gels as well. Gels must be applied to the teeth as instructed, for the best results. These effects usually last up to 4 months of duration. Whitening strips also work similarly. These have peroxide-based gel usage. These are applied to your teeth twice a day for 30 minutes. You have to apply these for 2 weeks roughly before you will see the effects.
  3. Teeth Bleaching treatment by the dentist: It is the most popular and effective teeth whitening procedure. The dentist uses a bleaching agent that is more potent than the usual whitening agents. They also make sure that these products do not affect your gums negatively. They also use buffers to protect your tooth enamel. Results are immediate within a 30-60 minute seating. The results often last up to one year or more.

What to expect at a dentist?

When you get your appointment for the procedure, a lip retractor is placed in your mouth to keep it open. The dentist then covers your gums for protection. The inside of your mouth is painted with a mucopurulent gel. As you won’t be able to speak for a while, ask for a notepad and pen for communication as this bleaching session starts. He will paint your teeth with peroxide gel on each tooth. After that, a high-intensity light is streamed over them for 20minutes for the activation process of chemical treatment. The light is turned off after the activation process is over. After this, the hygienist will apply a new coat. The treatment includes three to four rounds each for the procedure. The session will last for about 2 hours each. If the patient experiences sensitivity and discomfort, the rounds will be cut down.

Growing New Chompers

Unlike people, crocodiles do not clean their teeth to slow down wear and tear. Instead, they get rid of them and replace them with new copies.

Having one of the most powerful bites in the animal kingdom, crocodiles must be able to bite hard to eat their food such as turtles, wildebeest and other large prey. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that crocodiles — and even their plant-eating ancestors — had thin tooth enamel, a trait that is in stark contrast to humans and other hard-biting species. These findings could suggest new approaches for dealing with people’s teeth.

“Once we unlock genetically how crocodiles and other non-mammals do this, maybe new teeth can be bioengineered for people,” said Brianne Schmiegelow, a former undergraduate student at MU and current dental student at University of Missouri-Kansas City. “Instead of using fillers such as crowns, people could instead ‘grow’ new teeth when they need to replace their worn out chompers.”

The team used a three-dimensional x-ray scanner to measure the thickness of tooth enamel in crocodiles. They found regardless of tooth position — incisor, canine, molar — age or diet, crocodiles do not have thick tooth enamel. With this new information, the team also studied published data on dinosaur teeth and found that the data nearly matched what they were seeing in crocodiles. For instance, a Tyrannosaurus rex has the same enamel thickness as a crocodile and can also bite extremely hard.

“Crocodiles bite really hard, so we were curious if they have teeth that correspondingly withstand those forces — tough teeth to match a tough bite,” said Kaleb Sellers, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri and lead researcher on the study. “We found that they don’t have tough teeth, and we think it’s because they replace their teeth like most other non-mammal animals. That made us wonder if other animals — even prehistoric — had similar issues.”

Researchers said the next step is to study tooth replacement and the timing of teeth growth in crocodiles and other animals such as dinosaurs — even looking into the possibility of genetic causes.

“Enamel takes a long time to build, so it’s not something animals will do ‘off-the-cuff,’ so to speak,” said Casey Holliday, an associate professor of anatomy in the MU School of Medicine. “It presents us with an interesting puzzle. If ancient crocodiles were chewing plants, did their new teeth already have the correct architecture — dimples and facets — to allow for this chewing? The findings here have paved the way for exploring this mystery with future research.”

The study, “The significance of enamel thickness in the teeth of Alligator mississippiensis and its diversity among crocodyliforms,” was published in the Journal of Zoology. Funding was provided by a National Science Foundation grant (NSF-EAR 1631684), the University of Missouri Research Board, the University of Missouri Research Council, and the University of Missouri Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity program. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.

4 Ways A Great Smile Can Improve Your Life

We’ve all heard that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but the truth is we sometimes make quick judgments about people based on appearance.

One of the first things we see when meeting someone is their smile, and research shows that owning a pleasing smile can significantly influence a person’s life – from their self-esteem to job prospects and even romance.

“A smile is the gateway to your personality, and it also creates an immediate and often lasting perception,” says Steven J. Moravec, an orthodontist and author of Going The Extra Smile: Merging Technology And Expertise For A Lifetime Of Smiles.

“One of the most universal biases is toward pleasant-looking people. Those who smile easily and confidently are often perceived as happier, smarter, and healthier than those with misaligned teeth, who aren’t as comfortable smiling.”

Moravec says there are a number of ways having a consistent smile can improve a person’s life, including:

  • A boost in self-confidence. “Straight teeth are the physical foundation for a smile, which brings confidence personally and professionally,” Moravec says. An Invisalign-Harris Poll survey found 92 percent of adults who straightened their teeth said doing so had been good for their confidence. “Smiling also elevates your mood with the release of endorphins in your brain and creates an overall sense of well-being,” Moravec says.
  • Economic benefits. Crooked teeth can be a disadvantage when competing for a job with someone whose smile reveals straight teeth. Most Americans believe the latter person is more likely to get that job even if the skill sets and experience levels are similar. “Your smile is an investment that will increase in value through the years,” Moravec says.  
  • Enhanced social life. When it comes to attracting a possible mate on a dating site, those with a nice smile and straight teeth are seen as more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture. “Whether a person’s smile and teeth are straight or crooked can have a significant impact on his or her romantic success,” Moravec says. “Teeth play a major role in attractiveness, which also implies good hygiene, personal pride, and by extension a more together person.”
  • Overall health improvement. “Straight teeth are easier to clean,” Moravec says. “You can keep tartar at bay and prevent cavities easier than if you are dealing with overlapping teeth or wide gaps. And because you can control tartar better, this is huge for overall health, because then you can prevent gym or periodontal disease, which has been linked with heart disease, strokes and other chronic conditions.” Also, Moravec notes that realigned teeth and a repositioned bite can help people who have sleep apnea.

“We often take our smile for granted,” Moravec says. “But it’s a gift that leads to many good things in life.”

About Steven J. Moravec, DDS, MS, MA

Steven J. Moravec is the owner of Moravec Orthodontics and the author of Going The Extra Smile: Merging Technology And Expertise For A Lifetime Of Smiles. He graduated from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and earned an MS in Orthodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He’s a state-licensed  Specialist in Orthodontics and a guest lecturer for the University of Illinois Department of Orthodontics and SureSmile.

‘‘Tis The Season For Dental Hygiene

The winter months bring around an exciting holiday time of year, but they also bring cold weather and health threats. Aside from your common cold, the flu, and other immune system worries – the holiday season also poses a serious, overlooked-by-many, threat to your teeth.

Dentists this time of year run down their lists, check them twice, and can easily tell if you’ve been naughty or nice to your teeth.

I represent Dr. Mazen Natour, Top NYC DMD and Prosthodontist who says your teeth may be more sensitive during the winter months and prone to cavities, staining, and more. Here are some reasons why:

• Hot beverages, like hot cocoa, tea, and coffee can irritate nerve endings due to the large temperature difference between the hot beverage and cold outdoor temperatures

• Sugary treats, like holiday cocktails, seasonal pies and other baked goods can increase your chance of tooth decay, sensitivity, and cavities

• Colds and sinus infections, common in the winter, swell the maxillary sinus area near your teeth which can contribute to tooth pain and overall sensitivity

• Did you know that red wine drinking can stain your teeth? Keep this in mind as you’re reaching for the extra glass at your next holiday party

Dr. Mazen Natour DMD, Manhattan-based Prosthodontist

Website: www.natourdmd.com

Dr Natour has more than 20 years of experience in implantology, cosmetic and sports dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics. He is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Implant Honors Program at New York University College of Dentistry – the world’s first Undergraduate Implant Program at the top-ranked Dental School globally. He is a renowned clinical instructor and lecturer for several leading American and European Dental Implant Companies. He is a Diplomat at the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), a Member of the Academy of Osseo Integration, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and NYU Implant Alumni Association. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics from Boston University Goldman Dental School, his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry & MSc in Biomaterials from Boston University, where he was also Assistant Clinical Professor in the General Dentistry Program, and he also completed a four-year fellowship in Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.

Holiday Season × Teeth

The winter months bring around an exciting holiday time of year, but they also bring cold weather and health threats. Aside from your common cold, the flu, and other immune system worries – the holiday season also poses a serious, overlooked-by-many, threat to your teeth.

Dentists this time of year run down their lists, check them twice, and can easily tell if you’ve been naughty or nice to your teeth.

Dr. Mazen Natour, Top NYC DMD and Prosthodontist who says your teeth may be more sensitive during the winter months and prone to cavities, staining, and more.

Here are some reasons why:

• Hot beverages, like hot cocoa, tea, and coffee can irritate nerve endings due to the large temperature difference between the hot beverage and cold outdoor temperatures

• Sugary treats, like holiday cocktails, seasonal pies and other baked goods can increase your chance of tooth decay, sensitivity, and cavities

• Colds and sinus infections, common in the winter, swell the maxillary sinus area near your teeth which can contribute to tooth pain and overall sensitivity

• Did you know that red wine drinking can stain your teeth? Keep this in mind as you’re reaching for the extra glass at your next holiday party

These points are a snapshot of why your teeth may be more sensitive and prone to havoc this holiday season.

Dr. Mazen Natour DMD, Manhattan-based Prosthodontist

Website: www.natourdmd.com

Dr Natour has more than 20 years of experience in implantology, cosmetic and sports dentistry, periodontics, prosthodontics. He is a Clinical Professor and Director of the Implant Honors Program at New York University College of Dentistry – the world’s first Undergraduate Implant Program at the top-ranked Dental School globally. He is a renowned clinical instructor and lecturer for several leading American and European Dental Implant Companies. He is a Diplomat at the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), a Member of the Academy of Osseo Integration, American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and NYU Implant Alumni Association. He received his Doctorate in Dental Science from Université Saint Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon, his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Prosthodontics from Boston University Goldman Dental School, his Doctorate in Medical Dentistry & MSc in Biomaterials from Boston University, where he was also Assistant Clinical Professor in the General Dentistry Program, and he also completed a four-year fellowship in Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry.